Never Underestimate Prophetic Supplications
Constant forgetfulness regarding the Morning and Evening Adhkaar never ceases to overtake me each passing day, but over time Allah(SWT) has made it easy for me to hearken back to it. Although with a bit of devotion and steadfastness towards the morning remembrance, I still struggle in keeping up with the evenings. I do this religiously intending to fulfill the Sunnah.
Of recent, I got acquainted with observing my evening Adhkaar more often. Allah had made this easy through a friend who would always remind me to say my evening Adhkaar either verbally or by excusing himself to say his evening Adhkaar whenever we got to chat around that time. So I made up my mind never to miss out doing it and to be of those mentioned below;
Al-Imām ibn Salah [may Allāh have mercy on him] said:
“Whomsoever safeguards the morning and evening supplications, the supplications after the prayers, and the supplications before sleeping will be written among those who remember Allāh abundantly.”
On this fortunate evening, I had to run an errand for my mum. As a person, I dislike merely walking on the street or sitting on a bus observing the environment and passing events, whilst wasting precious moments with which thousands of rewards could have been amassed. Since it was an evening I decided to chant my Adhkaar as I run the errand. At intervals, I got distracted from the remembrance, but I constantly reminded myself of it.
On my way back home, returning on a motorcycle, I was still yet to complete my Adhkaar so I continued with it. Completely immersed in my thoughts and the remembrance I was doing, suddenly I realized my motorcyclist speedily maneuvered his way out of the road and stopped to look at the recklessly driving motorcyclist who sped past us only stopping to wave his hand to illustrate; I'm sorry.
While still trying to absorb all that transpired, I heard my motorcyclist lamented saying, ' If no be say I quickly lookup no be only sorry he go dey tell me. I no know where them dey always rush to'.
Then I realized that it would have been a head-on collision with the other reckless motorcyclist, probably throwing me off the motorcycle if Allah had not willed otherwise. Alhamdulillah, what a narrow escape was all that I could utter.
A few seconds after that narrow encounter, it occurred to me that simultaneous with the incident taking place I had been chanting the Du'a:
"Bismillaahil-lathee laa yadhurru ma'as-mihi shay'un fil-'ardhi wa laa fis-samaa'i wa Huwas-Samee 'ul- 'Aleem".
"In the Name of Allah, Who with His Name nothing can cause harm in the earth nor in the heavens, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing".
Allahu Akbar! I just couldn't stop saying Alhamdulilahi because only Allah knows what might have happened had the collision occurred.
Indeed the promise of Allah is true. Never should we underestimate the power of the prophetic supplication because in them are great virtues and benefits for us. Reflecting on the incident, I remembered several occasions in which Allah protected me from scorpion stings and other harms that could have touched me.
We can indeed become lazy or forgetful as regards these Adhkaar, we should, however, try to acquaint ourselves with them, memorize them and compel ourselves to always recite them regularly to benefit the massive amount of good therein.
أللهم أعني على ذكرك، وشكرك، وحسن عبادتك
We ask Allah to set our affairs straight and help us remember Him, give thanks to Him, and be of His good slaves. Aameen.